Review: Hale Centre Theatre's AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS is Intrepid

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS plays through October 21, 2023.

By: Sep. 21, 2023
Review: Hale Centre Theatre's AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS is Intrepid

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS on Hale Centre Theatre’s Centre Stage in Sandy is an intrepid, invigorating interpretation of a classic.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS by Laura Eason was originally produced at the Lookingglass Theater in Chicago. Based on the Jules Verne novel, the straight play follows Victorian Londoner of means Phileas Fogg as he makes good on a bet to travel across Asia and America via train, steamship, and other less obvious modes of transportation to hopefully circumnavigate the world in just 80 days.

The captivating leading cast includes Will Ingram as Phileas Fogg (double cast with Kelton Davis), Ryan Simmons as Passepartout (understudied by Josh Durfey), Niki Rahimi as Mrs. Aouda (double cast with Amishi Rohaj), and BJ Whimpey as Inspector Fix (double cast with Zac Zumbrunnen).

The capable ensemble effortlessly executes the choreography by Lindsey D. Smith, aerial choreography by Ramsi Nia Stoker, and fight choreography by Derek Smith.

Rob Gardner, who is the world class composer of the stellar THE PRICE OF FREEDOM, BLACKBEARD: THE MUSICAL, and LAMB OF GOD, wrote an original score for this production. His talents absolutely deserve a Broadway bow, but until then we are blessed to enjoy his work closer to home.  This score is cinematic, lush, and careful to avoid stereotypical cultural representations. 

The costuming by Joy Zhu mirrors the music in all these same ways, while also adding elements of broad theatricality.  The costumes, sets by Kacey Udy, lighting by Jaron Kent Hermansen, projections by Maddy Ashton and direction bring together a melding of Victorian music hall pantomime and modern cirque-style performance art with a big beating heart. 

The play itself is not as expressive as the production, but director Dave Tinney and his team of designers have made a series of bold choices that are certainly nothing you’ve seen before or are likely to see again.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS plays through October 21, 2023. For tickets, call the box office at 801-984-9000 or visit www.hct.org.

Photo Credit: Hale Centre Theatre

 


BroadwayWorld Awards Voting

RELATED STORIES - Salt Lake City

1
Photos: Get a First Look at Irving Berlins WHITE CHRISTMAS at Tuacahn Photo
Photos: Get a First Look at Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS at Tuacahn

Get a first look at Irving Berlin's White Christmas at Tuacahn!

2
Photos: Holiday Season Kicks Off at Tuacahn With Irving Berlins WHITE CHRISTMAS Photo
Photos: Holiday Season Kicks Off at Tuacahn With Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS

When it comes to Christmas, few things set the tone like the dulcet, and often jubilant, sounds of a holiday carol — the kind Tuacahn's latest production offers in spades. Kicking off the holiday season with equal parts nostalgia and novelty, Irving Berlin's White Christmas the Musical is the perfect way to capture the spirit of the season from inside the Hafen Theatre through Dec. 22. See photos from the production!

3
BroadwayWorld Salt Lake City Awards December 5th Standings; WEST SIDE STORY Leads Best Mus Photo
BroadwayWorld Salt Lake City Awards December 5th Standings; WEST SIDE STORY Leads Best Musical!

It's December, and the first standings of the month have been announced as of Tuesday, December 5th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Salt Lake City Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

4
Review: CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT at Pioneer Theatre Company Could Become a Perennial Holid Photo
Review: CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT at Pioneer Theatre Company Could Become a Perennial Holiday Favorite

Pioneer Theatre Company’s not-to-be-missed production of the brand-new musical CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT is worthy of becoming a perennial holiday favorite, perfectly delivering feel-good nostalgia in a beautifully wrapped contemporary package. 

Videos


Irving Berlin's White Christmas in Salt Lake City Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Tuacahn Amphitheatre (11/24-12/22)PHOTOS
Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical in Salt Lake City Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical
Tuacahn Indoor Hafen Theatre (6/21-8/10)
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder in Salt Lake City A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Regalo Theater Company (1/05-1/20)
Anastasia in Salt Lake City Anastasia
Tuacahn Amphitheatre (5/17-10/18)
Alan Menken's A Christmas Carol, The Musical in Salt Lake City Alan Menken's A Christmas Carol, The Musical
Tuacahn Indoor Hafen Theatre (11/22-12/21)
Jersey Boys (PG Rated) in Salt Lake City Jersey Boys (PG Rated)
Tuacahn Amphitheatre (7/13-10/19)
Disney's Frozen in Salt Lake City Disney's Frozen
Tuacahn Amphitheatre (5/03-10/17)
VIEW ALL SHOWS  ADD A SHOW  

Recommended For You